By Sonora Jha

Of Awards and Rewards

Some mornings, you don’t want to wake up to your alarm clock. You want to wake up to your smartphone buzzing from people tweeting your handle (there are at least three words in this sentence that wouldn’t make sense to anyone a few years ago). That’s how I awoke on Monday morning, eyes squinting to read the alerts about my book ‘Foreign‘ being longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

My first response to this was disbelief. It’s the same response I had to the news last month that ‘Foreign’ was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award.

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